Thornham pub pies raise Hospice cash

From left, Patricia Broke, Chairman of Norfolk Hospice, Mark Goode, Publican of the Orange Tree, Polly Balding, member of staff at the Orange Tree ANL-160306-170905001
From left, Patricia Broke, Chairman of Norfolk Hospice, Mark Goode, Publican of the Orange Tree, Polly Balding, member of staff at the Orange Tree ANL-160306-170905001

It is the heart of the so-called Chelsea-on-Sea fine-dining set and known for some very fancy recipes indeed on its highly-rated menu.

But it is something a little more humble that is hoping to draw the attention at the Orange Tree gastropub in Thornham – its chicken and mushroom pie.

The Orange Tree has pledged its support to the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, in its quest to reach a fundraising target of £900,000.

The charity, which provides specialised care to those living with life-limiting illnesses, as well as bereavement support, needs to raise the sum for the first year’s labour costs on their building before they can take residents.

Publican, Mark Goode, is showing his support by giving 50p from the sale of one of his most popular dishes, the award winning Chicken and Mushroom pie, to the charity.

Mark sold almost 5,000 pies back in 2015 and decided to support the charity after seeing a direction sign on a main road which he uses frequently.

Norfolk Hospice has raised around £450,000 already but still has the other half to raise.

Mark and the team at the Punch Tavern-managed inn raised an impressive £1,136 in the first six months.

The cheque was presented to Tapping house back in April.

Mark said: “I saw the directions sign on a regular basis and decided to check it out one day. It is such a special place and I could see they needed to raise a lot of money in order to take residents.

“I have a young family and therefore don’t have a lot of free time but I really wanted to help.

“Our customers love the pie and therefore I thought it would be a great way to help raise some money.”

The hospice, is looking for avid golfers to play at their sixth annual charity golf day on Friday at Heacham Manor Golf Club.

The day includes a breakfast roll and hot drinks on arrival, an 18-hole game of golf, a two-course meal at the Mulberry Restaurant, and all players will automatically be entered into the straightest drive and nearest pin competition to win some great golf prizes!

First prize is £200 of gift vouchers along with four bottles of champagne per team.